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Full text of "The Cambridge Natural History"

from Carnivora and resembles Lemuroids.1 It has been pointed
out that the form of the lower jaw " much resembles that of the
Lemuroid Microrhynckus" There is, however, no doubt that it
is rightly placed in the present group. The tail is very pre-
hensile, and the animal is therefore, as might be supposed from this
circumstance, purely arboreal It has some twenty-eight verte-

Fza. 216.—Kiukajou.     Ckrcoleptes caudivolvulus.

brae. This genus has a median groove upon the nose. The claws
are long and sharply pointed, and the palms and soles of the
feet are naked. The premolars are three, the molars two. There
are fourteen dorsal vertebrae, of which nine are united to the
nine-jointed sternum by ribs. 'Fhere is but one species, O.
caudivolvulus, of a uniform yellowish-brown colour.

the Coati, ranges from  Texas to   Paraguay, and lias

Pio. 217.—Coati.    XTasua rufa.     x&
two species.     In  Guatemala it reaches a height of  9000 feet on
the  mountains.     The  nose is  produced  into a  short and   very
1 It is a curious fact that a native name for the creature is "Pottos*' (of. of
course Petto) • and indeed the generic name Potos seems to have the priority over
Cercoleptes.                                                                                                   *          J